Frederic M. Kopp

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Lecturer, Germanic Studies Department and the College
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Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
Teaching at UChicago since 2013
Research Interests: Modern German History, Elementary German, German for Research Purposes 16; 20th Century German Cultural History, Youth Culture and Music, Cinema

Frederic Kopp teaches elementary German language courses and “Reading German for Research            Purposes." He is also working as an exam designer and grader for the Academic Reading     Comprehension Assessment program (ARCA).

Intellectual Profile

Frederic Kopp is originally from Hamburg, Germany, and completed his undergraduate studies at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, before moving to Chicago in 1991, in order to work on his M.A. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in German and Modern European History from the    University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has taught at DePaul University, Columbia College     Chicago, as well as Lewis University, and also worked as a freelance German translator and interpreter for over 10 years. His main field of interest and research is 20th century German cultural history, especially film and expressionist art of the Weimar period, as well as youth culture and rock music in West Germany from the 1950s to the 1990s. He has published various articles on topics of German popular culture and is currently working on a book about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification.


  • GRMN 10201 (Elementary German 2),
  • GRMN 10300 (Elementary German 3),
  • GRMN 33333 (Reading German for Research Purposes)